What's the secret formula behind the Canadian public pension fund model? Are its strategies applicable in other contexts? A panel of experts recently weighed in.
A panel of social media experts gave their perspectives on social media's value proposition and how to best leverage the technology as an investment professional at the 69th CFA Institute Annual Conference. It turns out it's not rocket science.
Keith P. Ambachtsheer, long an outspoken advocate for pension reform, gave a sober assessment of the state of the world’s workplace retirement plans, praising the relative strength of plans in northern Europe while declaring those in southern Europe to be a “disaster.”
Tom Brakke, CFA, believes that investment professionals concentrate on their analytical responsibilities — and their performance results — but neglect their communication skills. Yet their ability to communicate within their firms and with their clients is often the real difference maker. To counteract this, Brakke recommends that investment pros focus as much on communications performance as they do on investment performance.
CFA Institute president and CEO Paul Smith, CFA, issued a rousing call for a more ethical and effective investment profession. He also laid out his vision of where he hopes to lead CFA Institute in the years ahead, offering a road map for how he intends to get there.
"It's very easy for many of us to feel out of control," said mindfulness expert Jeremy Hunter. "We live too much on gas pedal, too much on brake." But there is a way to get back to what Hunter calls our "zone of resilience — a capacity to be calm." The key to doing that is the practice of mindfulness.
The frontiers of finance were on full display at the 68th CFA Institute Annual Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, late last month. With presentations covering a diverse range of topics, from geopolitical frameworks, to the biology of risk-taking, to bitcoin, and beyond, delegates gained powerful and practical insights. Here are seven posts inspired by the program.
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